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THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION 



OF THE 

OLD SETTLERS o..-^^^ 

OF 

JOHNSON COUNTY 




AUGUST 24th, 1904 



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PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

OLD SETTLERS OF JOHNSON 
COUNTY, IOWA 

AT THEIR THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAI. REUNION 
AUGUST 24th, 1904 



Early in the day the Members of the Old Settlers Associa- 
tion of Johnson County began to gather at the Cabins on the 
fair ground. The day was all that could be desired, clear and 
bright. The attendance was large and was from all parts of the 
county, it embraced many of the old timers and was one more 
of the social gatherings that has no equal. At noon the tables 
were spread and Frank lyuse having announced that the coffee 
was ready, the company spent an hour in unpacking their 
baskets and doing ample justice to the contents. 

Atone o'clock the people were called to the speaker's stand 
by the president, A. E. Swisher, who delivered a short address. 
After prayer by Rev. Adam Schwimley,Hon. W. P. Hepburn was 
introduced and delivered a very interesting address. Dr. S. N. 
Fellows, and Judge S. H. Fairall gave short addresses, after 
which the report of the Necrological Committee was read by Hon. 
John Springer, and the letters from the absent ones were read by 
Mathew Cavanagh, Esq. At the close of the literary exercises 
the members proceeded to elect officers of the association for 
the ensuing year. S. P. Fry of West lyucas was elected Presi- 
dent and Dr. S.N. Fellows of Iowa City was elected First Vice- 
President, and ly. W. Miller of Fremont township was elected 
Second Vice-President; Henry Wieneke of Iowa City was elected 
Treasurer and G. R. Irish of East I^ucas township was elected 
Secretary. 

The business over, the afternoon was spent in social chat of 
old time incidents and thus closed one of the most pleasant 
meetings of the association. 



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The address of Mr. Hepburn was extemporaneous and no 
notes were taken. It should have had a place in the literature 
of the society, but the best that can be done is to give a sketch 
of it taken from the Daily Republican as follows : 

Colonel W. P. Hepburn, of Clarinda, Iowa, a former resi- 
dent of Johnson county, and for over twenty years one of the 
foremost members of the American congress, was the principal 
orator of the day. For more than an hour he delighted and 
entertained his auditors to whom he spoke as an old friend and 
former associate of interesting reminiscences. One could not 
help gathering from his remarks that the early years and youth- 
ful pranks of those who have since become great and powerful do 
not differ materially from the deeds and doings of those whose 
lives are passed in the humbler walks of life. He told of the 
hardships and privations of pioneer life which he, in common 
with the other early settlers of Johnson county, and Iowa had 
endured, and thus gave us a glimpse of the sterling qualities of 
which the pioneers of our state possessed. We point with 
pride to the character and the lives of our revolutionary patriots 
and justly so, the speaker said, but we must remember that the 
builders of our state encountered as many adversities and achiev- 
ed as many triumphs as did the builders of the nation and their 
memory should be cherished as fondly and revered as long by 
us, their descendants. 

The speaker told of the prominent place Iowa has assumed 
in the affairs of the nation, not only in sending soldiers to her 
defense in the years of the civil strife, in numbers twice as great 
as George Washington ever had under his command, but also 
the influence in the statemanship of later years. When Iowa 
was first admitted to the union her people were looked upon even 
by such men as Senator Calhoun and Senator Ewing, as barbar- 
ians and rascals to whom it seemed unwise to grant the priviliges 
of self goverment, and yet from this so-called motley band of 
vagabonds who were supposed to inhabit the state of Iowa has 
come a line of soldiers and citizens unsurpassed in the history of 
the nation. 

The speaker paid glowing tributes to the individuals who so 
ably guided and directed our young state into the channels of 
prosperity and justice, and referred especially to the brilliant ser- 
vices of our lamented war governor, Samuel J. Kirkwood, and 
the Hon. I^egrand Byington, a venerable resident of our own 
county. Wealtli and corporations were then looked upon with 
distrust and our business facilities were indeed primitive and 



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crude, and to Legrand Byington, is due the credit of 
securing the passing of wise and efficient laws regarding corpor- 
ate banking interests, which has placed our state and its finances 
upon a stable basis. 

Grave and serious problems now confront the nation of the 
present day, but as the builders of our state and nation met 
and overcame the difficulties which were presented to them, so 
ought we their descendants to be masters of the present situa- 
tion. It is easier to keep an edifice in repair and running order 
than to have quarried the stone of which it is built and rear it 
into the solid symmetrical whole it now is. Our ancestors 
quarried the foundation stones of the Republic and built them 
into a grand symmetrical government, and we, to whom this price- 
less heritige has come, owe it to them to keep it clean and in ser- 
viceable efficiency. 

For many years the old settlers and their descendants of 
Johnson county have gathered annually to recall and to commem- 
orate the trials and triumphs of our pioneers. Upon these many 
occasions oratory and reminiscence have combined to make 
vivid again the scenes and events of early days. Many of these 
gatherings are recalled with reverence, but none will be remem- 
bered longer or cherished more fondly than that of Wednesday, 
when our few surviving pioneers and their many descendants 
were given the opportunity of listening to the eloquence of one 
who knew whereof he spoke, a native of our own county, and 
who now occupies a place unsurpassed in the influence of dignity 
by American statesman. As Colonel Hepburn wished us a happy 
and prosperous future, so the citizens of Johnson county, one 
and all, trust and hope that his years be many, and that his 
influence for good may long be preserved to the nation. 



COMMUNICATIONS 

GRiNNEiyiv, Iowa, July 28, 1904. 
Gentlemen of the *'Old Settlers Association" of John- 
son County: 

Thank you for your kind rememberance. My thoughts often 
turn to old Johnson, and the days of old — and the people whom 
I love. There is Mr. Chas. Baker, M. Cavanagh and G. R. 
Irish — May years be still theirs, their shadows never less and 
peace and prosperity crown all their days, and may all the dear 



friends of ye olden days fill their proper place in this grand- 
world of ours, serving and being served, unto the end. 

Fraternally, 

Aaron O. Price. 

St. HKI.ENA, Cai.., August 17, 1904. 

Mr. G. R. Irish, 
Iowa City, Iowa. 

Dear Sir: — Your kind invitation to father to attend the 
'^Old Settlers Association of Johnson County" received and 
found him in very feeble health. He regrets that he can not be 
with you, and wants you to remember him to all his old friends. 

And wishes me to send you a family group taken the morn- 
ing after he and mother celebrated their 50th wedding anniver- 
sary, that was seven years ago. 

Of those living at the time one, the second boy George W., 
was killed about 3 years ago. Others living' 

Father and mother are now both past 79 years. 

Will you send him a paper giving the account of the meet- 
ing? 

Hoping your meeting will be a pleasant affair. 

I am yours , 

B. A. Kettleweli*, 
The youngest boy. 

Iowa Fai^ls, Iowa, July 19, 1904. 
G. R. Irish, Secretary, 
Iowa City, Iowa. 

Dear Sir — Have your card giving date of next meeting of 
the O. S. Association of Johnson county, August 24th. Accept 
thanks for yourself and committee. Cannot say positively that 
I can be present. It would afford me great pleasure to do so, if 
it be possible. If I can not be, I may be able to write some- 
thing of interest for the occasion. About 54 years ago I first 
saw Iowa City. Few remain of the old timers. Peter Hepburn 
is one of them. Narcissa Mozier fnee Bradshaw) another. 

Very kindly yours, 

J. H. Carleton. 



Iowa Fai^ls, Iowa, July 7, 1904. 
Dp:ar Gill: — Your card at hand. Thanks for kind remem- 
brance of your old friend. Handed card to J. H. You will hear 



from him in regard to the matter. Told him if he could not 
attend in person to write of his early days in Iowa City. 

Endeavored to impress on his mind the importance of his 
action in the matter. I told him it would be highly appreciated 
by all of his old friends. 

We are having a slight reminder of the infernal regions for 
past three days, plenty of dew for crops. My best regards to all 
of the family. Hoping all are well. 

Yours of old, 

Dick. 

Jefferson, Iowa, August 23, 1904. 
President OIvD Setti^ers Association Johnson County, 
Iowa. 

My Dear Sir: — I had fully expected to attend the meeting 
of the Old Settlers on the 24th instant, but I find on account of 
old age and infirmity it will be out of my power to do so, much 
to my disappointment. I have to submit. 

Hoping that you may have a splendid time, and that you 
will assure all my old time friends of my kind regards, etc. 
I am as ever respectfully your friend, 

D. A. Henderson. 

San Jose, Cai.., August 21, 1904. 

G. R. Irish. 

And all the old settlers of Johnson County, Iowa. It is 
nearly time for the Old Settlers to meet and how glad I would be 
to meet with you once more. It is now fifty years since I came 
to Johnson county, and met some of you and if there is any day 
in the year that I would like to be in the county it is the Old 
Settlers day, but it is about 2400 miles to go and it is no small 
matter to travel so far, and as I am not young any more so I 
must forego this pleasure. Hoping you may all have a good 
time and all live to see another Old Settlers day. 

I remain yours truly, 

Andrew Beermaker. 

Oakland, Cai.., Augusts, 1904. 
G. R. Irish of Committee. 

Dear Sir: — Your card of invitation to the reunion and 
picnic of the Old Settlers Association of Johnson County, Iowa, 
duly received. I can assure you I feel highly honored and would 
be pleased to accept the same and be present August 24th if I 



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could do so. I'd be delighted to renew old friendships. There 
are no friends like the old friends of Auld L<ang Syne , and form 
new ones also of their it might be grandchildren of those whom I 
knew in the 40s, 50s or 60. There, I fear I am making- myself 
out to be as old as — well the great grand parents ! 

But then my birthday cake in 1903 at Mrs. Webbs, most 
brilliantly gave my age ! 

Dear J. Norwood, however, had grave doubts, and after 
counting the candles, remarked that he had certainly known "our 
Jennie" more years than that. Grandpa's name recalls the time 
I became dentist for him. His teeth were so loose that they 
waived back and forth in his mouth like weeds in a high wind. 
Could not chew anything, and all his food had to be prepared in 
a drinkable condition. He had a great dread of pain; could not 
be induced to see a dentist. So I said to Aunt Jane — "Now I 
am going to pull out those teeth. ' ' 

Preparing some linen thread I invited grandpa to a seat on 
the porch, then told him what I iatended doing. He tried to 
get away, but I proceeded to tie on the thread, and then asked 
him to lay his head back on the chair. With closed eyes he did 
so and the thread pulled taut the other way and lo ! there dang- 
led the tooth, I told him to open his eyes. He had not realized 
that the tooth was out and yet the perspiration was rolling down 
his face in great drops. They all came out, but grandpa had to 
take a siesta on the lounge. There were three Methodist minis- 
ters being entertained there that week. All had great fun over 
my dentistry. 

How much I will miss grandpa if I again visit in Iowa City. 
I so much missed "Aunt Jane" in my last visit. She was a 
dear, good mother to me when I boarded there. 

I do retain in memory many faces and incidents of the 
earlier days in the city but really I doubt my telling of them 
being any edification to the Old Settlers gathered around the 
log house. 

I recall a school picnic of all the Public Schools held at 
Rose Hill. Fine arrangements were made and all had a lovely 
time. It was the year in which two or more of the "sisters" were 
employed, and "F'ather Emmons" was the only preacher of the 
crucified Christ that took interest enough in teachers and child- 
ren to attend. The Bohemian band gave inspiring strains of 
sweet melody, and anon they quaffed inspiring draughts of 
sparkling lager from the keg. I recall much about the schools 
and university, with the teachers. President Spencer, Totten, 



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Parvin and Leonard. The Normal — Prof. Wells, and Charles 
Borland. The High School — Prof. Beales and Eliza Bivens. 
Last, but not least to be considered, Dr. Reynolds. Can yet 
see him marching back and forth with that much dreaded ruler 
in his hand? Woe to the unlucky wight to whom it was tossed! 
Mel Shearer with his lengthy essays on Salem and witchcraft in 
general? Somehow there was no escape from knowing your 
lessons. 

Mrs. Mary Dennis Howe and I called on Mrs. Eliza Bowen 
Wells Cadwallader last May in San Francisco. We found her 
abed, suffering fram a broken ankle of some time before. 

The names of a vast throng come crowding to my mind but 
alas! The faces will meet us no more this side of the covered 
bridge" — the tomb. Tis a happy thought, they await us over 
there. 

Very soon, Mr. Irish, you and I may be the only **01d Set- 
tlers" yet awaiting the summons. Really, I do not see that I 
can help you out in entertaining. Hope you will excuse my 
inability to do so. 

I send my kind regards to any old time acquaintances pre- 
sent, and greatly wish they could make a visit to California. 

With best wishes to yourself and all at Rose Hill. 

Yours sincerely, 

Jknnik Hogan. 

Gold Creek, Elko, Co., Nevada, August 17, 1904. 
To THE Committee of Invitation of the Old Settlers 
Association of Johnson County, Iowa. 

Gentlemen: — Your invitation to me to be present at the 
meeting of your association on the 24th instant was duly receiv- 
ed, and at the time it came to hand I had arranged to be with 
you on that day. Since then, however, business matters here 
have taken such a turn that my plans have been entirely changed 
and I am of necessity compelled to forego the anticipated pleas- 
ure of a meeting with the friends and neighbors of long ago. 
The change wrought in the natural scenery of Johnson county 
since the year 1836 can only be appreciated by the few assem- 
bled at your reunion who were truly the first settlers of the 
county. 

In that early time there was an abundance of timber, great 
groves of majestic oaks, the growth of centuries were here, and 
each grove with its fringe of hazel brush with the accompani- 
ment of plum, crab apple, thorn and cherry trees. Then the 



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prairies covered by a dense and luxuriant grass and dotted over 
with countless and beautiful flowers, their united fragrance filling 
the air, constituted natures grand and beautiful flower gar- 
den. 

The early settlers came to this beautiful and inviting land, 
and gladly made their humble homes among its sheltering groves 
and upon its delightful prairies. 

From all that we know about them gathered as they were 
from all parts of this great country and many from foreign lands, 
they constituted a noble courageous band, full of brotherly love 
and helpfulness for each other, with the courage and strength 
to face and conquer the trials of home making in the western 
wilderness. These men and women bravely took up the battle 
of life at this early time when transportation for long distances 
was managed by ox teams and horses over a wild country with 
no roads except Indian trails or upon the streams in flat boats 
propelled by oars, poles, or track lines along the shore. With 
but few more tools than the axe and auger they constructed their 
houses, fields were fenced and wooden mould board plows turn- 
ed over the sod and soon were produced the necessities of life, 
flax was planted, the few sheep furnished the wool and from 
these two sources the mothers and daughters spun the thread 
with which the family garments were made. 

The face of nature presents at this time but few, very few 
of the lovely features with which it welcomed the settlers of that 
early day. In place of nature's great groves and wide spread 
flower garden, we have fences, fields and towns, telegraph, tele- 
phone and railroad lines, shops and stores upon the shelves of 
the latter goods from every clime. The boys and young men no 
longer grow strength and muscle by labor with the axe, plow 
and pitchfork but seek for them in athletic games, thus all has 
changed. The early settler has answered the last call one by 
one until but few remain to sign the roll. It is well that we 
should meet yearly and give honor to their memory for they led 
and opened the way to all the advancement of civilization which 
we see about us. Their labors gave character and strength to 
their successors. The old settlers of Iowa securely laid the 
foundations upon which rests the power and greatness of the 
state. Chas. W. Irish. 



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LoMPOC, Cai.., JuIvY 26, 1904. 
CoMMiTTEK Old SkttIvErs Association, 
Iowa City, Iowa. 

Gentlemen : — You have my thanks for the cordial invita- 
tion extended to be present with you at your annual reunion the 
24th of next month. 

I am glad to say that I will plan to be with you, as I pro- 
pose attending the St. Louis Exposition about that time. But 
as Burns says the wisest plans of mice and men, etc., so don't 
look for me until you see me coming. 

The name of your old conservative city, Iowa City has a 
peculiar fascination to me — a kind of a sacredness for the pre- 
cincts of old Johnson county that I still love to remember. It 
was there the ambitions of early manhood seized the reins to 
drive the glittering chariot of untried possibilities through a busi- 
ness career. It seems to be the birthplace of a longing to be- 
come an entity in the world. Those early impressions were 
stamped so indelibly upon the mind that to go over the same 
ground and see again some of the land marks of the long ago 
would afford me a pleasure for which my heart is yearning. If I 
should not get there by some counter demand of late, please say 
to the good people God bless them in their very laudable efforts 
to keep up their annual reunions. Hoping that much good cheer 
will prevail I am faithfully yours. 

Miles K. Lewis. 
P. S. Your communication was forwarded from Albany, 
Or., to this place where I am temporarily living while visiting 
my son. So address me here until further notice. Please send 
printed report of reunion when published. 

Very truly, 

M. K. L. 

DESCRIPTION OF A JOURNEY FROM VERMONT TO 
IOWA IN 1838 BY H. H. WINCHESTER 

Marlboro, Vt., January 27, 1839. 
On the 5th day of September, 1838, at 5 o'clock A. M., I 
left home for the West. My son took me as far as Bennington 
(30 miles) ; from there I took the stage for Troy, where I arriv- 
ed about sunset. I had some business here which I accomplished 
that evening and the next morning took the stage for Schenect- 
ady where I arrived just in time to take the cars for Utica. I 
had never traveled on a railroad before. I was delighted with it. 



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The rapidity with which they whirled us along was truly exhili- 
arating to one's spirits, who had a long journey before him. It 
fairly annihilated space, and you only had to think where you 
wished to go and you were there before you had time to realize 
you were on your way. I arrived at Utica at 2 o'clock p. M. ; 
took passage in a line boat just ready to start for Buffalo and in 
a few minutes was on my way again, but a line boat is a very 
different thing from a railcar. We had good accommodations 
and agreeable company, but the movements were alittetoo tardy 
for me. However I took it patiently and arrived at Buffalo in 
the night of Monday following. I will just stop here to remark, 
that for enterprise and business I yield the palm to the Empire 
state over any other place I have seen. The scale of business 
there is stupendous. One can hardly pass the length of the Erie 
canal and persuade himself that what he sees is the work of little 
puny man. It looks more like the effect of supernatural agency 
and superhuman power. But to return to my narrative. At 
half past ten on Tuesday morning I left Buffalo in a steamboat 
for Cleveland. The day was fine and the sail most delightful. 
Towards evening however, the lake became rough and through 
the night there was considerable commotion of wind and waves. 
So much so I found it difficult to walk on deck without holding 
on to something. So I crawled into^my berth and concluded it 
best to fall asleep and escape to land in a snooze of insensibility. 
A traveling companion awoke me at day light with the pleasing 
intiligence that we are in sight of Cleveland. The upper part of 
the town is delightful and the society said to be excellent. Here 
I took a boat on the Ohio canal which carried me to Circleville 
where I arrived about noon on the Monday following being the 
17th day of September and thirteenth day from home, and a 
distance of something over 800 miles. From this place went to 
see my sister who lives 28 miles west. Found her, also her hus- 
band and son very low with a fever. Her husband died two 
days after my arrival and her son died also the day following. 
This was the most gloomy and distressing time I ever witness- 
ed, still I was glad it was so ordained in Providence that I was 
there. I staid with her two weeks, and had intended to have 
gone from Ohio by water down the Ohio river and then up the 
Mississippi, but the water was so low there was little or no nav- 
igation, so I was obliged to buy me a horse and go by land. 
Found a man who was going west on the same errand and being 
well pleased with him for a traveling companion, on the 4th 
of October we started. Found Mr. Nichols, (for that was his 



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name) a very agreeable companion and we enjoyed our journey 
together very much. Traveled through Ohio, Indiana and Illi- 
nois, passed through a rich country and many flourishing villages, 
among which are Indianapolis, the Capitol of Indiana, and 
Springfield which is to be the Capitol of Illinois after 1840. 
Here I met some Vermont friends, stayed with them half a day 
and then went on. The sixteenth day after we left Ohio 
we arrived at one of Mr. N's brothers thirteen miles this side 
of the Mississippi river. There we stayed two days; on the 22nd 
of October we crossed the Mississippi River into Iowa Territory 
at Burlington which is a smart little village and at present the 
Seat of Government for the Territory. Here the Governor re- 
sides (Robert lyucas, formerly Governor of Ohio), with whom 
we had an interview, and from whom we received very kind and 
obliging attentions, and such information as greatly facilitated 
our travels in exploring the country. We left Burlington the 
next day and after traveling several days in various directions, 
we at length hit upon a spot about 50 miles north of Burlington, 
12 west of the Mississippi, and 2 west of the Cedar River, sit- 
uated on the southerly side of the Wapsanonock Creek, which 
pleased us very much. Here we purchased together 960 acres 
of land, about half timber and half prairie. Government price is 
$1.25 per acre, and we had to pay the settlers who claimed it 
about $450 so that the whole tract will cost $1650. There are 
no improvements on it but we chose it in preference to many 
situations we might have had with some improvements for the 
same price. To this place we have agreed to remove as soon as 
navigation opens in the Spring. On the 1st of November I started 
for the Land Office at Dubuque which lies about 125 miles up 
the Mississippi River from where we purchased. I went here to at- 
tend the land sale and enter the land we had selected. Mr. 
Nichols in the meantime went over into Illinois to attend to 
some business for himself. We agreed to meet again at Burling- 
ton as soon as we had each accomplished his object, and it so hap- 
pened we both arrived there the same evening, November 14th. We 
were now ready to start for home. It was now quite cold and the 
next morning the ice was running thickly in the river rendering 
it difficult to cross, so we concluded to wait for a more favorable 
time. This time did not arrive until the 25th of November when we 
crossed the river, (then about a mile wide) in a canoe and set our 
faces towards home. After a fatigueing journey by stage, night 
and day, (for we sold our horses towards our land) we arrived at my 
sister's in Ohio the 5th of December. On the 8th of December I 



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went to Columbus , the Capitol of Ohio ; from there took the stage for 
Wheeling, Va., then to Frederick, Maryland. I was now within 
60 miles of Baltimore, where I arrived in the Rail cars the same 
evening. Took the cars here for Philadelphia and arrived there 
next morning. Then started for the City of New York a part 
of the way by steam boat and the balance by rail road and ar- 
rived about 2 P. M. At 7 next morning I took a steam boat for 
New Haven, Ct. ; arrived at noon. From there 18 miles on the 
rail road and 18 by stage brought me to Hartford at sun set. 
At 9 that evening I took the telegraph line for Brattleford, 
where I arrived next morning. From there I walked home (12 
miles) with a light step and found my family well and you may 
be sure there was mutual joy and gladness. I had been absent 
3 months and 12 days and traveled, I suppose something more 
than 3000 miles, and all the time enjoyed the most perfect health, 
and uniformly received the respectful and kind attentions of all 
with whom it was my fortune to sojourn. I think the Territory 
of Iowa, all things considered, the most desirable place I have 
seen. It is a beautiful rolling country, alternate prairie and tim- 
ber, abounding with delightful streams of pure water, and the 
whole extent of its eastern border washed by the great Missis- 
sippi, affording facilities for transporting the productions of the 
country to any part of the world. The climate of the country I 
think is about right for northern people and must eventually be 
a healthy country. Last winter the Territory contained 22,000 
inhabitants. We are making all haste to be off as soon as your 
Canal opens. We intend going all the way by water from Troy, 
by the Erie canal, Lake Brie, the Ohio canal and Ohio and Mis- 
sissippi Rivers, with tolerable good fortune we hope to go through 
in four weeks at most. I have no particular anxiety to go there 
on my own account, but for my children's benefit. I have no 
doubt that a period of from 3 to 5 years will complete a regular 
line of conveyance by steam boats and rail roads from the 
Hudson River to the Mississippi. The work is all ready far ad- 
vanced and when completed we can go from here to where we 
expect to live, in probably 4 or 5 days. If we live, I have no 
doubt we shall all come back at some time to see our native land. 
But life is uncertain, and it is hardly probable we shall live to 
return. F^or my own part I hardly expect it for time, the in- 
sidious agent which is bringing our children on the stage so fast 
is shoving me off with the same rapidity. I am already getting 
to be an old man, shall be 43 the 25th of February. So we all 
in our turn experience what inspiration declares to be true, that 
'*Onc generation passeth away, and another cometh." 



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THE PAST YEAR'S DEATH ROLL 

Since the last meeting of this Johnson County Old Settlers' 
Association not a few of those who were its founders and have 
been through the past years its steadfast supporters and active 
workers, have entered into their final reward. The material 
from which this report of their names, with now and then an in- 
cidental mention of their services, is compiled, are of very frag- 
mentary description, in many cases uncertain, yet taking them 
as they are at hand, we find that during the past year there have 
died thirteen of the pioneers of this county — four men and nine 
women — who are indeed well entitled to the somewhat readily 
accorded distinction of "pioneers," for they were the Argonauts 
who came to this county sixty-eight years ago — who voyaged 
from the "East" in the then familiar "prairie schooner." 

Two of these, Mrs. George Schell and Albert Murray (latter 
born here in 1842) had removed to distant states and were in a 
sense pioneers in strange and almost new lands; one, Mrs. Ayl- 
worth, entered into her rest in a neighboring city; another, Mrs. 
Conlon, within sight of the country which she had so long made 
her home ; and the remaining nine saw with vision darkening 
here but brightening as the life everlasting opened before them, 
the transformed scenes whose natural beauty had appealed to 
them in the health and glow of the spring time of life over three 
score years before. High as were the hopes and aspirations 
they had brought with them across the great river ; fond as may 
have been the forecastings they made of this beautiful land's 
future greatness, who can doubt that they lived to see each 
imagining more than fulfilled, each expectation surpassed, and 
that they recognized in the impossibilities of 1840 the common- 
places of every day life in 1903. 

The report of the Necrological committee was read by John 
Springer as follows : 

James Walker had lived in this county almost sixty-seven 
years. He was one of the half dozen high-hearted, courageous 
young men who came here from Ohio and Indiana in May, 1837, 
before there was a name for this county, before there were 
county lines, cities or political divisions, when there scarce 
were laws, for indeed none were needed. It appears almost 
strange that in strength and vigor he should have been spared 
through so many years, and should be the last of that gallant 
band of pioneers to answer the final summons. He had no 
doubt voted for Martin Van Buren or William Henry Harrison, 



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in his Ohio home in the fall of 1836, and in making his new home 
in the valley that lay on the very verge of the western boundary 
of the territory of Wisconsin he was to be a force of an imperial 
state then unborn. He was the last survivor of the first pioneer 
settlers of Johnson County. 

In 1839 came Mrs. Kirkpatrick, and in 1840, the year in 
which was laid the foundation of the state's first capitol building, 
Joseph Alt, Mrs Mary Morse and Mrs. Barbaria Hotz — the first 
two traversing the praries from Ohio, and other crossing the wide 
ocean in slow sailing vessel and making the long, tiresome trip 
up the Mississippi river from New Orleans — here to find homes 
on the fertile plains of a new land. 

Mrs. Reppert and Charles Gaymon coming in 1841, like the 
others filled large and honored places in the work of building 
county and state. The latter was indeed a master workman, 
and in the old state capitol building, as in many of the homes 
of this city, are to be found examples of his workmanship that 
shall be letained as tokens of the time when Iowa was young 
and as mementoes of the men who guided the w^ay on which the 
new state moved to its greatness. He will long hold an honor- 
ed place in the memories of the members of this association in 
which he was so conspicuous and faithful as a worker. 

In 1842, still more than sixty-two years ago, came Mrs. 
Tillotson, then a young woman of twenty, and Mrs. Stillwell a 
girl of twelve years accompanying her parents. They are known 
and their memories loved among the pioneers, the few who re- 
main of those who were their associates in far off times ; and not 
less are they revered and cherished by the descendants of the 
first settlers and by those of latteryears, who received from them 
untarnished the faith of the fathers. 

In honoring the lives and memories of these worthy pioneers 
this association does but garland the monuments of its forebears 
and its nurturers, and we do owe it to oursleves to render unto 
them the full meed of praise of their upright and meritorious lives 
by which we are indeed enriched. 

Others there are, who came in later years, who have aided 
in the excellent work begun and carried forward by those who 
had crowned with labor and sacrifice the subduing of primeval 
nature on the prairies of Iowa. These later comers are suggest- 
ed in such names as J. Norwood Clark, M. T. Close, Louis R. 
Wolfe, Charles and George W. Lewis and A. C. Hinman, men 
who have filled well the large places to which they were called. 
They were known and honored in this society, and the tribute 



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of affectionate regard which we pay to their lives and memories 
loses no lustre because that they came a few years later than 
those who in a measure were the discoverers of Iowa. They 
were men of business rather than of pioneer instincts, yet none the 
less they were steadfast in working grandly in one interest of 
state building that was the interest of all. 

THE NECROIvOGICAIv REPORT. 

In this report the figures following the names give the age 
of the deceased, and where no place of residence is given, Iowa 
City will be understood. 

August, 1903. 

18. John Fitzgerald, 62 years; Oxford. Came to Tiffin, 
1874. Died in Iowa county. 

21. George W. Hand, former recorder of Johnson county 
and a veteran soldier. Died at Stuttgart, Ark. 

22. Mary A. Morse, 86 years. Came to the county about 
1840, The town of Morse was named for her husband, who 
was one of the first settlers of that locality. 

29. Mrs. Maria Boys, lo years. Clear Creek township. 
Came to the county from Ireland in 1857. 

31. Mrs. Margaret Burke, 67 years. Came to the county 
about 40 years ago. 

Skptkmber, 1903. 

1. Mrs. Josephine lycnicky, 60 years. Monroe. Came 
to county about 1860. 

2. Mrs. Joseph Briza, 68, Big Grove. Came from Bo- 
hemia, 1863 

2. John M. Grady, 63. Came to Iowa City in 1854. 

3. F. W. Burger, 66. Came from Germany, 1852. 
3. Miss Kittie Hess. Born in Iowa City. 

7. Mrs. Martha Kirkpatrick, 87. Came to county in 1839, 
and was one among the early settlers of Fremont township, as 
well as one among the earliest of the county. 

7. Rev. S. W. Heald, 61. lyong a resident of this city. 
Died at Osage. 

14. M. T. Close, 74. Came from New York, 1854- He 
was for many years prominent in business and manufacturing in 
the city and county. He was the first ice dealer in the city; in 
1856 he began the manufacture of candles as a commercial enter- 
prise; in 1858 started the first soap factory in the state; in 1861 



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was begun the oil mill which for so many years was the leading 
manufacturing enterprise of the city ; and in 1866 he opened the 
paper mill at Coralville where he made the first printing paper 
manufactured in the state. He was several times a member of 
the city council and of the school board, and always took a deep 
interest in the reunions of this association. 

16. Louis R. Wolfe, 78. Came to the county in 1854 from 
Ohio, and first located in "North Bend,^' afterwards re- 
moving to Oxford and becoming a leader in the progress of that 
town. Died in Seldon, Kans. He was for a number of terms a 
member of the county board of supervisors, and was twice in the 
Iowa Legislature. He was a Veteran of the war, having served 
as capain in the Sixth Iowa Cavalry. 

17. Mrs. Conlon, 93. Came from Ireland, 1841. Died at 
Riverside. 

18. Benjaman Heeps, 83. Came from England about 
1864. 

23. W. J. Silbernagel, 77. Emigrated from Austria, 1867, 
to Iowa City. 

23. Frederick Horwald, 73. Big Grove. From Switzer- 
land, about 1859. 

23. H. S. Albright, 77. Lone Tree. 

27. Mrs. Anna Tudor, 70 West Lucas. 

27. John Moore, 70. Lived here 1848 to 1875. Died in 
Lincoln, Nebraska. 

27. Levi Jones, 23. Oxford. Born in the County. 

28. A. J. Lary, 36. Died at Marion, Iowa. 

28. I. P. Kimball, 90. Lived here in early days. A vet- 
eran of the Mexican and Civil war. Died in the National Sold- 
iers' Home, at Leavenworth, Kansas, 

October, 1903. 

1. Charles Lewis, 71. Came to Iowa City, 1862, and 
was for many years prominent as a merchant and grain dealer. 
Member of the school board, city council and mayor of the city. 
Lived a few years in Wyoming and was a member of the legis- 
lature of that state. 

3. Mrs. John Whitsel, 57. Died in Cedar Rapids. 
3. Miss Mary Pairzek, 22. Born in the city. 
10. F. Larkin, 80. Came to Johnson county in 1856. 
JO. John F. Locy, 80. Tiffin. Came to the county in 
1880. 

V 

21. Mrs. Sadie F. Luse, 64. Was for many years a resi- 



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dent of this city, only lately removing to Des Moines, where 
she died. 

27. Mrs. Samuel Green, 54. North lyiberty. 

28. Mrs. John Snavely, 69. North Liberty. Came to the 
county in 1858. 

29. Mark Clair, 38. Born in Johnson county. 

29. Jos. T. Shepherd, 67. I^ived here 1855 to 1885. 
Died at Kansas City. 

30. Joseph Ryan, born in Maine. 

31. Mrs. Julia A. Marshal, 83. Came to Scott township 
in 1857. Died at Hartles, Iowa. 

November, 1903. 

6. Tudor Reese, 42. Born in this county. 

7. Wm. Smith, 35. 

7. Mrs. lyouis L,. Englert, 34. Born in the county. 
9. Miss Kllen Donovan, 34, Born in Johnson county. 

10. Val Miller, 68. Came to this city from Germany, 1855. 
Was miller for E. Clark and Governor Kirkwood for several years, 
and later owner of the Coral ville Mills. 

11. Mrs. Anton Slaby, 73. Big Grove. Came from Mo- 
ravia, 1860. 

14. Mrs. William H. Bailey, 40. She was founder of the 
hcildren's ward in the state university hospital and a leader in 
its support. 

18. Julius C. Elliot, 57. From Pensylvania, 1867. 

19. Miss Sarah F. lyoughridge, 60. For a longtime teach- 
er of lyatin in the state university. 

20. John Consadine, 71. Came here about 1850. 

21. A. B. Travis, 83. Oxford. Came to the county 
about 1870 

22. Mrs. Katherine Heinlay, 85. From Pensylvania, 1856. 
24. S. Jones Switzer, 71. Came to the county in 1856. 

Died in Denton, Texas. A soldier from this county in the Civil 
war. 

24. Matthias Spreng, 51. 

28. Richard Barry, 65. Oxford. 

29. Z. M. Griswold, 82. Came to the county about 1855 
and was for many years a familiar figure at these reunions. 

30. Edward F. Patterson, 24. Born fn Iowa City. 

30. Mrs. Mary Tillotson, 82. Came to this city in 1842. 
30. Thomas Cannon. 



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December, 1903. 

2. Cyrus Sargent, 88. Lived in Cedar Township from 
1854 to 1903. Died at Pleasant Hill, Mo. 

3. W. H. Hunter, 59. Came to Johnson county, 1862. 
3. Michael Kelly, 59. Lived here since 1873. 

9. Miss Bliza Seabury, 87. Came here from Maine, 1876. 

11. Miss Lena Fellows, born in this state. 

13. J, P. Von Stein, 84. Located in Penn township, 1855, 
later removing to Iowa City. 

16. George W. Wagner, 44. Born in the county. Was 
represenative from this county in the Iowa legislature. 

19. J. P. Hassler, North Liberty. 

19. Mrs. Maria Crumraey Borland. Died at Washington, 
D. C, aged 77 years. 

22. Mrs. Jane Miller, 32. Born in Iowa City. 

23. Claud Faust. Born in city. Died in Arizona. 

23. Mrs. Jennie Daniels Doherty, 46. Born in this city. 

24. James Brady, 73. 

24. Mrs. Ulrich Niffennegger, 80. Sharon township. 

24. Harvey Cupp, 35. Liberty township. Born in the 
county. 

25. Mrs. Elizabeth A Still well, 75. Came to this city as a 
child with her parents in 1842. Was identified with this associ- 
ation of old settlers from its organization. 

25. James S. Wilson, 64. Pleasant Valley. Settled here 
in 1850. Veteran of the Civil war. 

26. Mrs. Mary Craig, 81. Came to this county in 1855. 
26. Mrs. William Werba, 62. Monroe township. Came 

about 1856. 

26. Mrs. Katherine Fiala, 68. Solon. Came to Big Grove 
in 1855. 

January, 1904. 

1. Mrs. Augusta Leuz, 71. Came to Iowa City in 1858. 

1. Mrs. William Morris, 61. Union township. 

2. Mrs. E. E. House worth, 64. Resided in Iowa City 
44 years. Died at Cedar Rapids. 

2. Timothy O'Leary, 57. Lincoln township. Located 
in the county about 1850. 

2. Harry E. Williams, 29. Solon. Born in Cedar town- 
ship. 

6. George Madden, 70. Tiffin. Located here in 1854. 



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He was the contractor for most of the work on the old Court 
House, which was erected in 1857. 

6. Mrs. Eva Kost, 80. West lyucas. Came to Johnson 
county, 1851. 

6, Miss Lilian Pinney, 29. Born in the county. 

7. Mrs. John Mellecker, 70. lyiberty township. Came 
to county in 1856, and settled on the farm where her death took 
place. 

11. Mrs. Stella Sprague, 82. 

12. Matthias Plevka, 87. Came to the city in 1867. 

13. Mrs. Anna Cambridge, 33. Newport township. Born 
in the county. 

15. Jacob Girtler. Came to the city about 1858. 

19. Frederick Fellman, 70. Came to Iowa 1858. Veter- 
an of Civil War. 

19. Mrs. Roxalena Nipher, 84. Was long time a resident 
of this city. Died in St. Louis. 

22. Peter Cole, 69. Union township. Settled in the 
county about 1850. 

22. Mrs. Robert Hiland, 49. Born in the county. 

23. J. K. Hemphill, 80. West Lucas. Came from New 
York 1845. Made the overland trip to California in 1850, return- 
ing here in 1853. 

24. Miss Estelava Wilson, 50. Born in the county. 

24. George Rickstine, 83. Settled in the city about 1860. 

25. Dr. John W. Harriman, 39. Born in Iowa. Came to 
the city 1889, and was a student in the medical department of 
the State University. After graduation filled many important 
positions in that institution and at the time of his death was pro- 
fessor of anatomy. Surgeon of Fiftieth Iowa Infantry in war 
with Spain. 

27. Joseph A. Alt, 87. North Liberty. Located in Penn 
township in 1840 (having come to the state one year earlier) 
and received patent from the government for the land on which 
the remainder of his life passed. He was the oldest resident of 
the Bend. 

29. John G. Buler, 84. Came to Iowa from Germany in 
1855. 

31. Mrs. John Sunier, 33. Born in the county. 
February, 1904. 
^ 5. Mrs. Joseph Alt, 78. North Liberty. Came to this 



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county with her parents in 1846. She survived her husband (to 
whom she was married in 1848) only nine days. 

6. Michael Zimmerman, 79. East Lucas. Removed from 
Ohio to Iowa City in 1855. 

7. Mrs. Henry Herschberger, 65. Sharon township. 
9. Mrs. Mary Goodrich. 81. 

10. Mrs. Frank Selbicky, 27. Born in the county. 

10. Miss Edith SterUng, 26. Born in Iowa City. 

11. Joseph Cerny, 65. Came from Bohemia in 1855. Was 
county recorder several years and at his death held the office of 
city assessor. 

II. Daniel Strahle, 76. Come here in i860. Veteran of 
the Civil War. 

13. D. C. Sullivan, 35. Born in county. Died in Cedar 
Rapids. 

13. Mrs. Emehne Canot, 72. Lived in this county many 
years. Died in Chicago. 

13. Mrs. Catherine Auchschwart, 81. Came to the county 
in 1854. 

14. Charles A. Koser, 4. Coralville. Came from Pennsyl- 
vania, 1870. 

17. Mrs. Joseph Benda, 62. Came to the city in 1865. 

17. J. Norwood Clark, 90. Came to this city from Cincin- 
nati in 1853, and was long and widely known as the proprietor of 
the "Old Curiosity Shop." He was the third marshal of the city 
(1855) ^ clerk of the election the same year, and thereafter 
either as judge or clerk, assisted at almost every election until 
1898. At the time of his death he was the oldest in years of 
membership of all the members of the great order of Odd Fellows 
in America, having been initiated in Baltimore in 1837. He filled 
many and high places in that order, having been grand master and 
grand representative in Iowa, and for over thirty years he attend- 
ed the sessions of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of America, and in 
so doing he visited almost every section of the United States and 
Eastern Canada. He was for many j^ears prominent in the Ma- 
sonic order and in the Knights of Pythias. As a citizen he held 
many places in local affairs, marshal, assessor, township trustee 
and township clerk for ten successive years. He was also an act- 
ive and honored member of this society and present at every re- 
union if in the city at the time. 

20. J. C. Grimm, 79. 

23. 1. A. Wetherby, 84. Came to the city in 1858, and for* 



many years was the leadiug daguerreotype artist and photo- 
grapher. Died at Quesimo, Kansas. 
24. Mrs. Michael Houser, 71. 

28. Miss Josephine Dalscheid. Born in the city. 

29. Mrs. Peter Rogers, 68. Came to Johnson county in 
1869. 

29. W. B. Fackler. 74. Big Grove. Came from Wis- 
consin in 1863. 

March, 1904. 

I. Charles Gaymon, 80. Came to Iowa City in 184 1 from 
Pennsylvania. He was the first cabinet maker to locate in the 
city, and for a time had his shop located at a little water power on 
Ralston creek, formed by putting in a dam near where it is crossed 
by Harrison street. Much of the furniture for the old state capitol 
building was made by him, and some of it yet remains in this city 
to prove the excellence of his workmanship. He was an active 
and honored member of this association, and took much interest in 
the erection of the log cabins now on the ground. 

7. Mrs. Jane Breese, 71. Union township. Came 1852. 

7. J. Kutcher, 83. 

8. Mrs. Anna Tellin, 84. Liberty. Came here in 1870. 

9. Dr. 1. P. Wilson, 68. Resided here for many years and 
was one of the founders of the state university dental department. 

10. George W. Lewis, 62. Located in this city 1862, and 
W9S for more than forty years prominently identified with its busi- 
ness interests. He was president of the Citizens' Savings and 
Trust Company Bank at the time of his death. Veteran of the 
war, serving in a New York regiment. 

12. Mrs. Newby Bogue, 66. Graham township. 

12. Mrs Mary Reppert, 77. Fremont. Came with her 
parents in 1841, and lived all her life on the farm her father, Mr. 
Welch, entered as his home. 

14. Mrs. Laura Pate, 86. Union township. Came in 1866. 

18. Mrs. Barbara Hotz, 83. Emigrated from Germany, 
coming to New Orleans and then to St. Louis in 1839 
Iowa City in 1840. She was the last surviving member of the 
original congregation which was organized the year she came to 
Iowa City. 

18. D. H. Saxton, 63. Oxford. Came here in 1853. 
18. Mrs. Bridget Bradley, 79. 

21. Isaac Payn, 59. Born in this county, removed to Cedar 
Rapids in 1881 and died there. Veteran of the Civil War. 

23. Mrs. Mary C. Schell. Came to the county with her 



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parents in 1838, they locating in Pleasant Valley, where she mar- 
ried and lived until 1879. at Lawrence, Kansas. 

24. Mrs. Ross Jacobs, 65. Emigrated from Germany, 1858. 

31. Miss Emma Holubar, 26. Born in the city. 

31. Mrs. Helena B. Aylworth, 65. Came to the city, 1840. 
Died in Muscatine. 

31. Albert F. Murray, born in this city in 1842. Left here 
in 1886, and located in Alabama, where he died. 

April, 1904. 

I. Mrs. Jane Graham, 84. Came from Ohio in 1849. 

4. Patrick Healey, 56. Cosgrove. Came to the county 
in 1872. 

6. Mrs. Richard Barry, Oxford. 

6. Mrs. Mary Fieldman. Washington township. 

7. Mrs. Kate Verchoticky, 85, Came to the county in 



7. Mrs. Henry B. Schultz, 59. Came from Pensylvania in 



1869. 
1842. 

9. A. C. Hinman, 81. Located in Newport township about 
1855, and is said to have been the first farmer in the county to en- 
gage in sheep raising, having brought a flock from his old home in 
New York. In later years he removed to Iowa City and engaged 
in merchandise. 

II. James Walker, 90. Fremont township. According to 
the printed record he was one of the real pioneers of this county, 
one among those who came to Johnson county that was to be and 
made a claim of lands as yet unsurveyed and not open to entry by 
settlers in the spring of 1837. The land taken by these first half 
dozen settlers of that spring was in Pleasant Valley township near 
the Iowa river. His associates had long before him passed to their 
reward and in the death of this venerable pioneer the last link that 
united this rich and flourishing locality to its first settlers is broken. 
It is said that the first death in the county was at his cabin, being a 
young man employed by his brother and himself. Mr. Walker 
some years since disposed of his Pleasant Valley property and re- 
moved to Fremont. 

13. Peter Frantz, 70. Hills. 

13. Warren Ives, 80. Oxford. From Connecticut, 1863. 

16. Mrs. Drusilla Beal,Jj77. Came here in 1849. 

19. Mrs. Mary Meiner, 52. 

19. Noah elites, 76. Came about 1851. 

16. Mrs. Lee Coover, 36. Born in the city. 



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21. Mrs. David Zerfing, 65. Cosgrove. 

21. Mrs. Joseph Casper, 72. From Switzerland, 1845. 

22. Mrs. Hannah Hendershot. 

24. Nicholas Jacobs, 83. Morse. Came to the county, 1845. 

24. Mrs. Barbara Getroehrer, 84. 

25. John Miller, 53. Solon. Born in Johnson county. 

25. Mrs. R. S. Finkbine, 73. Came here about 1856. 
Died in Des Moines. 

27. John J. Beckman, 58. Lived here 1850 to 1876. Died 
in Colorado. 

28. John J. Cerny, 58. Came from Bohemia, 1855. 

28. Richard McComas, Lone Tree. Born in the county. 
30. Henry Hertz, 80. Solon. Came in 1857, and located 
on the farm where the rest of his life was passed, 

30. James Havlik, 30. Born in the city. County recorder 
at the time of his death. Served in Spanish-American war on 
battleship Oregon, being one of the crew at the time of the famous 
trip from the Pacific coast to the West Indies. 

May, 1904. 

4. John Madden, 74. From Pensylvania, 1854. 

5. Mrs. J. E. Roberts, 87. Sharon township. Came to 
the county, 1865. 

6. John Ackett, 70. 

8. Thomas Dooley, 88. Located in Iowa City 1855. 

8. John Ryan, 54. Born in Vermont. Died at Cedar Falls. 

10. Mrs. Anna McComas, Lone Tree, aged 80. Came to 
the county in 1865. 

12. Mrs. A. J. Bond. Long resided in Clear Creek. Died 
at Lakefield, Minnesota. 

16. Levi Troyer. Sharon township, 

18. Charles Hevren. Died at Springfield, Missouri. 

20. Washington Prather, 72. Came to the city about 1854. 

20. John Butterbaugh. Lived here 1853 to 1882. Died at 
Jansen, Nebraska. 

28. Michael Houser, 74. Came to the city in 1870. 

31. James J. F. Sheets, 50. 

31. Mrs. Mary A. Owen. Came to Penn township from 
Pensylvania in 1852 and removed to Cedar Rapids about 1900. 
31. Mrs. Stephen Yoder, Sharon township. 

June, 1904. 

2. John Shalla, 56. Came to county 1864. A veteran of 
the Civil War. 



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7- Adam Borschel, 73. Graham township. Came to 
county 1853. Veteran of War. 

7. Mrs. Michael Donavan, 35. Cedar township. Born in 
the county. 

8. Mrs. Sarah Rowlen, 62. 

8. Charles Boye. Came to Iowa City at an early date and 
was for some years in partnership with Wm. Crum in printing 
business and later with N. H. Brainerd in the Republican office. 
10. Tobias Elias, 79. Monroe township. 

14. Philip Miller, 90, Solon. 

16. Thomas Crowley, 66. Came to the county in 1850. 

18. Patrick Brady, 86. Came to the county in 1850. 

23. A. H. Graham, 71. Came with his father (for whom 
Graham township was named) in 1850, the family being the sec-^ 
ond to locate in that sect'on. Died in Chicago. 

23. Patrick Wade, 74. Came about 1856. Died at Port- 
land, Oregon. 

24. Frank Chastek,40. Monroe township. 

25. James B. Strang, 81. Jefferson township. Came from 
New York, 1865. Was member of the board of supervisors for 
two terms. 

27. William Clair, 78, Pleasant Valley. Came to the 
county in 1855. 

July, 1904. 

2. William Shircliff, 70. Solon. Came to Johnson county 
about 1847, went to California 1849 returned 1853. 

3. John Cellman, 80. Oxford. Came from Ge^^many about 
i860. 

5. Mrs. Perry D. Turner, an early resident of this city, died 
at Topeka, Kansas. 

6. Mrs. Anna McDermott, 60, 

10. Mrs. Phila Watson, for many years resident of county, 
died at Portland, Oregon. 

10. Mrs. Anna Rotcnburg, 26. Solon. Born in this 
county. 

12. George Swartzendruber, 80. Washington township. 
Was one of the first of the Amish church to settle in this county. 

12. Mrs. Anna M. Beattie, 88. 

13. Harlan D. Williams, 26. Born in Iowa City, died in 
Chicago. 

15. James Doyle, 80. Union township. Came to the 
county about 1869. 



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15. Mrs. John B. Lee, 84. Came to this city, 1853, removed 
to Muscatine, 1873, where she lived until her death. 

21. Frank J. Schneider, 46. Born in Iowa City. 
21. Lawrence Bayer, 76. Sharon. Came to the county, 
1868. 

21. Patrick Gallagher, 75. Scott township. Came to Iowa 
in 1865. 

26. Mrs. Rebecca Brant, 88. Penn township. 
31. Ewing Davis, one of the early settlers of the county and 
for a long time a resident here. Died at Kewanee, 111. 

August, 1904. 

3. James Cambridge, Newport. Veteran of 7th Iowa Cav- 
alry. 

4. Elizabeth Kohl, 80. Came to the county in 1840. 
9. Mrs. Juliet Dove, 57. Came to Iowa in 1867. 

II. Miss Jennie Bell, 37. Born in the city. 
II. Matthew Casey, 26. Born in the county. Died at Los 
Angeles, Cal. 

Mrs. Henry Karns, 53. West Lucas. 

16. Joseph Bihlmeier, 82. Came from Germany, 1855. 

17. August Isense, 90. Came from Germany, 1855. One 
of the early business men in the city, and held a number of local 
oflScial positions. 

John Springer, Com. 

PARTIAL LIST OF OLD TIMERS PRESENT 

Adauis, J. M. Bowman, Ella 

Adams, John L. Beuter, A. W. 

Adams, Mrs. John L. Brown, Alonzo 

Adams, John E. Borts, David 

Adams, Miss Lillie Borts, Miss Ella 

Adams, Mrs. Henrietta Borts, Edna 

Abrams, Mrs Henry Burge, Dr. A. J. 

Abrams, Miss Anna Burge, Mrs. A. J. 

Ayers, F. E. Bale, Geo. 

Alder, Ira J. Byington, Otto 

Allen, L. A. Albright, A. Bradford, Geo. 

Alderman, P. A. Bradford, Mrs. Geo. 

Andrews, Mrs. William Borchel, Mrs. Hannah 

Borland, Mrs. John Balluff, Edward 

Borland, Geo. Burk, John 

Buchanan, W. A. Burk, Mrs. John 

Bowman, Martha A. Bradley, Mrs. Abner 



Byington, Mrs. LeGrand 
Boyce, Mr. N. H. 
Cavanagh, Mathew 
Currier, A. N. 
Cropley, Mrs. Sarah P. 
Corlett, J. K. 
Clifford, C. E. 
Cook, M. W. 
Curtis, Calvin 
Coldren, J. N. 
Custer, Earl 
Cannon, W. D. 
Cotter, W. H, 
Crowley, Ed 
Coast, W. P. 
Colony, Philo 
Colony, J. D. 
Dennis, Mrs. Isaac 
Dennis, Bryan 
Douglas, Lorimer 
Douglas, James 
Devault Strauder 
Dunkle, William 
Davis, T. D. 
Danner, F. M. 
Dixon, E. M. 
Dalton, Mrs. William 
Dalton, Eva 
Dalton, William 
Dalschied, N. 
Dalton, Byron 
Douglas, Mrs. Larimer 
Elliot, Mrs. L. A. 
P2vans, Mrs. Walter 
Eggenberg, John 
P>ggenberg, Mrs. John 
P>nest, Mary 
Fellows, S. N. 
F'urbish, Mrs. Isaac 
Fowle, Joshua 
Fowle, Mrs. J. 
Foster, W. E. C. 
Foster, Mrs. W. E, C. 
Fry, S. P. 
Fry, Mrs. S. P. 
Felkner, William 
PY'lkner, Mrs. William 



Fairall, S. H. 

Fesler, Jacob 

Fackler, J. W. 

Fountain, F. C. 

Graham, J. W. 

Graham, Thomas 

Greulic, John 

Graham, Mrs. Hattie 

Graham, Miss Effie 

Griffith, Mrs. Carrie 

Hubner, Charles 

Hunter, Lemuel 

Hohenschuh, Mrs. Theresa 

Hohenschuh, William 

Hill, Sion 

Hill, W. H. J. W. 

Huffman, A. P. 

Hummer, Geo. 

Hummer, Mrs. Geo. 

Hemsted, F. W. 

Hoxie, Mrs. V. R. 

Hunter, Mrs. Sam 

Hershire, Mrs. Adeline 

Hall, G. R. 

Howell, R. P. 

Howell, Mrs. R. P. 

Hamilton, H. 

Hiram, Heath 

Hughes, J. P. 

Hess, S. J. 

Hope, Miss Annie 

Hope, Enoch 

Hope, Mrs. Enoch 

Hill Julius 

Hill, Mrs. Julius 

Hill, Miss Nettie 

Hill, O. C. 

Heinsius, Charles W. 

Hunter, Geo. 

Hart, A. W. 

Huffman, J. M. 

Hastings, D. H. 

Hunter, Esther, E. 

Irish. G. R. 

Irish, Mrs. G. R. 

Irish, Jane, T. 

Irish, Miss Elizabeth 



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Irish, Mrs. C. W. 
Jewet, Mrs. Lois 
Jacobs, John 
Jaynes, John E. 
Jones, David 
Jones, J. T. 
Jacobs, Stevens 
Johnson, Dr. Leora 
Johnson, Miss Ellla 
Kirkwood, Mrs. Jane 
Kean, R. A. 
Kean, Mrs. R. A. 
Kessler, Mathias 
Kettelwell, W. A. 
Kettlewell, Mrs. W. A. 
Kloos, Mrs. Jacob 
Koontz, Geo. 
Koontz, Mrs. Geo. 
Lee, John B. 
Lee, Miss Margaret 
Luse, Frank 
Lindlesy, F, D. 
Lancaster, Garret 
Lewis. F. L. 
Lucas, C. A. 
Lee, Eugene 
Lucas, Mrs. Phebe 
Morton, Mrs. Henry 
Nelson, William 
Nelson, Harry 
McGruder, Gearge 
McChesney.R. A. 
Mclnnery, Michael 
Myers, Isaac 
Marner, J. G. 
Miller, M. H. 
Moor, C. G. 
Moor, E. B. 
Moore, Mrs. E. B. 
Moor, Mrs. Bruce 
Miller,Mrs. Bruce 
Miller, Mary 
Morford,!Martha 
Morford,'j. W. 
Miller, Mrs. Albert 
Metzger, J. J. 
Metzger, Mrs. J. J. 



Metcalf, Thomas 

Morrison, Mrs. Annie 

McKray, John W. 

McKray, Miss Lydia 

Owen, Capt. Benjamin and wife 

Owen, Mrs. Ezra 

Pratt, Charles 

Pratt, William 

Parrott, F. A. 

Parrott, Mrs. F. A. 

Pinney, George 

Poland, James 

Poland, Mrs. James 

Patterson, E. 

Preston, Miss Ella 

Pratt, Mrs. William 

Rate, Mrs. E. F. 

Robbins, Mrs. M. J. 

Robinson, James T. 

Robinson, C. E. 

Robertson, B. W. 

Rennholtz, John A. 

Rennholtz, Mrs. John A. 

Riley, Mrs. C. M. 

Rossler, George 

Rossler, Mrs. George 

Rossler, A. A. 

Ricker, J. 

Ritenmeyer, F. X. 

Ritenmeyer, Mrs. F. X. 

Richardson, Amos 

Richardson, Mrs. Amos 

Reed, Mrs. Iowa 

Rundel, Leroy and wife 

Springer, John 

Springer, Mrs. John 

Sunier, Mrs. Steve 

Struble, John T. 

Struble, Mrs. John T. 

Stevens, John 

Schwimley, Rev. Adam 

Stevenson, John A. 

Sterling, James 

Schell, John P. 

Stewart, W. H. 

Schrader Dr. J. C. 

Smith, Z. 



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Swisher, Lovell 
Sceneider, Fred 
Scale, N. W. 
Swisher, A. E. 
Stiles, Asa D. 
Stiles Mrs, Elvina 
Stravvbridge, J. K. 
Severs. Henry K. 
Stratton, Miss Maude 
Stratton, F. A. 
Stratton, Mrs. F. A. 
Townsend, E. R. 
Toms, Hiram 
T. W. Townsend 
Tarbox, Thesba Mrs. 
Tucker, Mrs. James 
Wieneke, Henry 



Wieneke, Mrs. Henry 
Welch, Joseph 
Williamson, C. 
Westenhaver, F. A. 
Wolf, M. K. 
Walker, Joseph 
Walker, Henry 
Whistler, Mrs. Mary H. 
Wilson, Mrs. 
Wescott, Emory 
Wescott, Mrs, Emory 
Wescott, Miss Kate 
Westcott, Miss Emor 
Westcott, Miss Jane 
Whitaker, E. P. 
Yarbrough, Samuel 
Yarbrough, Mrs. S. 



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